The San Antonio Spurs look to even their playoff series with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. Here’s the preview from BroburySports.com:
San Antonio is a 2 ½-point ‘dog for Game 2 with a total of 205-points. Tip-off is 9 pm ET.
Phoenix won the opener 111-102 as four-point favorites. The Suns twice opened up a big lead in the second half only to see San Antonio make a run. This was a very tight game with just a few minutes left before the Suns pulled away.
Phoenix is 4-0 ATS against the Spurs this year and 3-0 ATS at home. The ‘over’ is 4-0 in the four meetings.
The No. 7 Spurs (54-35 SU, 47-40-2 ATS) took care of second-seed Dallas in the first round. They also lost Game 1 of that series on the road before winning Game 2.
San Antonio’s Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all had very good efforts in the opener. The problem is that Richard Jefferson continues to be missing in action, not coming close to justifying his huge contract.
George Hill also struggled after looking so good the last few games against Dallas. Hill is starting at point guard with Parker the sixth man. Hill played poor defense on Nash and didn’t do much offensively. Parker could move back into the starting lineup on Wednesday.
Phoenix (59-30 straight-up, 53-35-1) got huge games from its own ‘Big 3’ of Steve Nash, Jason Richardson and Amare Stoudemire. The emergence of Richardson has been really important and he led the team in scoring last round against Portland.
Phoenix has lost four times in the playoffs to San Antonio since 2003. This will be a really tough game as the Spurs don’t want to head back to Texas down 0-2.
The Spurs are a gritty team who play well when their back is against the wall (See Game 2 in Dallas). Phoenix must really concentrate on the defensive end, something they’re not always good at, or San Antonio will get the win and ‘cover.’
Bet on the Spurs and Suns at BroburySports.com.
Posted: 5/5/10 3:10PM ET